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  • Date: 01/01/2007
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    After establishing an argument for attention to the role of beauty and aesthetics in science and scientific inquiry, this paper reviews literature in four areas that contributes to an understanding of a "scientific-aesthetic" space: (1) beauty in ideas and their form; (2) beauty in wonder, awe, and sublime; (3) beauty as it relates to cosmology ... »
  • Date: 08/15/2007
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Museum of Science (Boston) Discovery Center, MIT Early Childhood Cognition Lab, Boston Children's Museum, Indianapolis Children's Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, and Maryland Science Center will help develop and evaluate a variety of methods to engage adults in activities that help the adults understand and apply current cognitive ... »
  • Date: 09/01/2007
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Eric Marshall, director of Volunteers TryScience (VoITS) and and vice president for strategic partnerships at the New York Hall of Science, describes his passion for informal science education and his experience with the field since he was a boy. Marshall also briefly describes the VoITS project to engage scientists ... »
  • Date: 06/01/2007
    Resource Category: Literature Review
    This review conducted by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) explores the current discussion and research findings on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in out-of-school time and reflects on the ways the INSPIRE program model (see Appendix A) incorporates research-based practice in implementing STEM education ... »
  • Date: 07/15/2007
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    A Youth-Directed Cafe Scientifique targets culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse youth ages 11-18 with a web-based program designed to engage students in active discourse on current STEM topics. Building on the adult program of the same name, this youth-centered project also provides opportunities for individual and group activities. ... »
  • Date: 07/01/2007
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This study documents the views of effective professional development held by eight professional development (PD) providers, representing four informal science institutions (ISI) and four programs within two institutions of higher education (IHE) in a large Midwestern metropolitan area in the United States. This study finds that, while the reported ... »
  • Date: 05/24/2007
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Despite originally being almost exclusively focused on the school context, the National Science Education Standards (NSES) emerged as an amazingly relevant document for the informal context as well. All four of the Standards—Teaching Standards, Content and Inquiry Standards, Professional Development Standards and Assessment Standards—can, should, ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2007
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    In this article, Richard Toon, senior policy analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University, Tempe and former director of education and research at the Arizona Science Center, analyzes the history of science shows at science centers. Toon criticizes science center shows that merely show universal principals of nature ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2007
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Based on the premise that one component of NASA's pre-college education program is intended to support and enact school reform, the Committee for the Evaluation and Review of NASA's Pre-College Education Program requested an analysis of how the NASA Explorer School (NES) Model aligns with other national models of school-wide improvement and reform ... »
  • Date: 12/01/2007
    Resource Category: Glossary/Index
    This annotated bibliography provides selected references regarding multiculturalism and cultural competence in evaluation. It contains a section listing more recent publications dating beyond 2007. ... »